Summer Projects is an annual group exhibition showcasing recent work created over the Summer break, from new and exciting artists to Boom. This year Summer Projects VII includes recent arts graduates from VCA and RMIT alongside established artists. The exhibition will be hung across two sites, Boom and Big Boom.

Keren Simmons, Amanda Schunker, Rowena Martinich, Michael McCafferty, Marnie Ross, Jahkarli Romanis and Ember Fairbairn.

“The works that I created for the Summer Projects exhibition further my investigations into the immersive act of painting and colour study within my expressive studio painting practice. Chromatic intensity continues to pervade my work. Giant liquescent gestures sweep, marble and drag across the canvas surface as I build layers of paint on canvases that are laid across the studio floor. Colour is poured, swept, pushed, splattered and sprayed; and again, translucent washes are layered, worked into and rubbed out; paintings are stapled to the wall, analysed, removed, placed back on the floor.

This physical process of moving around the canvas is echoed in the painting itself. The reach of my arm, the odd smudge of my footstep, the twist and bump of my hand as it drags a loaded brush across an almost dry under-layer. Each brush stroke a deliberate and practiced movement.

Liquidity, gravity, duration, physicality, emersion are all manipulated and controlled to achieve these dynamic colourful works. The finished paintings crystallising and preserving the energy of their creation.”

A listing of available pieces from this exhibition can be viewed here.